I have previously covered ways to organize your keyword list depending on your purposes. Still there is no limit to improving your organizing skills. Besides, key terms are so numerous and diverse that I for one can spend hours trying to manage them to full potential.
So, as usual, to find new ways to organize your keywords and more options to get help with the overall keyword research, I turn to 2 desktop tools – both offering handy keyword list managing options.
1. Organize key phrases into “sets” of words based on the core term: Traffic Travis:
~ $100 (with a free basic version)
- let the tool search for keyword suggestions or import your own list;
- go through the keyword list, choose any (hold <Shift> to choose multiple phrases) and send the selected ones to the ‘sorter’;
- search the list for the core term(s) and save the search results as “sets”.
- helpful filtering options:
- remove phrases containing more than XX words;
- remove duplicate phrases.
- find “partial” or “inverted” duplicate phrases (e.g. ‘carb diets’/ ‘diet carb’);
- easily organize your site hierarchy (from two- to three-, four-, etc word combinations with one core term).
2. Organize your keywords in baskets based on your own criteria: Web CEO:
> $199 with free (limited) trial version
- you can either let the tool search for keyword suggestions or import your own list;
- then you go through the keyword list, choose any (hold <Shift> to choose multiple phrases) and sort them into baskets.
- you have unlimited freedom (you can sort your keywords based on search volume or competition, term topic (e.g. general; location-targeted; brand-related searches; etc), query type (navigational vs informational), keyword potential (commercial vs informational) or any other you invent);
- you can save notes for each basket to remember why you saved it;
- you can save one key phrase in multiple baskets (some keywords really fit into many directories).
Disclaimer: I recommend to only use the above tools for informational purposes. No tool is 100% accurate and nobody knows the exact algorithms that the search engines use. Thus no tool should be used as your sole tool for Search Engine Optimization.